JUAB COUNTY, Utah, Feb. 24, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Four men and a woman were arrested after police spotted a car traveling more than 100 mph in Juab County Monday night, police said.
Maurilio Tejada, 27, Michael Haveron, 30, Margarita Perez, 28, Jesus Valdez, 26, and Eduardo Grigalva, 27, were booked into the Juab County Jail on various charges.
The Utah Highway Patrol said the incident began at 10:06 p.m. Monday on I-15 in Juab County at mile post 235 after police spotted a red Ford Mustang traveling at 101 mph.
UHP said in a news release: “The trooper caught up to the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and a pursuit was initiated.
“The trooper advised the suspect threw items– suspected drugs– out of the window. The front right tire on the vehicle blew and the vehicle speeds slowed. The vehicle took the 242 South Santaquin exit, and at the bottom of the off ramp the vehicle lost control.
“The trooper attempted to box in the vehicle, and the driver pulled forward, striking the front of the patrol car. The trooper ended the pursuit as the vehicle traveled west into Santaquin’s Summit Ridge subdivision.
“Due to the subdivision only having one way in and one way out, the trooper set up on the roadway and called for assistance. A short time later a citizen stopped and advised him that there was a red Mustang parked in the roadway with all of the doors open, and the trooper moved to the vehicle.”
Officers from Santaquin City, Utah County, Payson City, Salem City, Utah County Major Crimes and UHP responded to the area. With help from the residents who gave police descriptions and the direction the suspects ran, a containment area was established.
A search of the area was completed, and the five suspects were apprehended hiding in window wells of a vacant home.
Police say methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found on one of the suspects. They say meth was also found where the car was abandoned and along I-15, where it had allegedly been thrown from the vehicle.
One suspect had a $25,000 bond out of 3rd District Court. The vehicle was stolen out of West Jordan.